A while ago I received a Liebster Blog Award nomination from one of my fellow family history bloggers. Liebster is a German word meaning beloved, and the award is used to highlight smaller, lesser known blogs with less than 200 followers.
The Liebster is an award you accept with the intention of paying it forward. When accepting, you choose 5 to 10 other blogs you like and you feel are deserving of more subscribers and pass the award on to them. It’s sort of like a tech-savvy chain letter but without the annoying threat of horrible consequences and bad karma if you don’t pass it on. You are not obliged to accept the award or to even pay it forward. It’s just a way to get the word out about new blogs your followers may enjoy.
In order to accept my Liebster Award I must do the following:
- Thank and link the presenter of my award in my post.
- Post 11 random facts about myself
- Answer the 11 questions created for me by the award giver, and create questions to be answered by the bloggers which I nominate.
- Link the blogs I enjoy and choose to nominate to this post and tell the nominees that I’ve nominated them for a Liebster Blog Award.
Thanks Kassie aka ‘Mom’ for nominating me, I will wear my badge with pride. Kassie’s blog Maybe someone should write that down is full of great advice for the family history blogger.
11 random facts about me:
- I love being overseas on holiday on my birthday, and traveling alone is perfectly fine with me. Some of my best travel memories are of trips I have taken by myself.
- I like swimming in the ocean and snorkelling, but scuba diving scares me.
- I hate exercise for the sake of it. I don’t understand people who like to jog or run.
- I want to be able to speak Spanish. I have tried for many years to learn the language, I’m still working on it.
- My favourite colour is that in-between colour which some people see as green and others see as blue.
- I can change a flat tyre on my car.
- I’m overly judgemental of people who don’t use apostrophes correctly.
- I like urban street art.
- My new addiction is Vietnamese rice paper rolls.
- I don’t like loose paper clips and rubber bands. They give me the heebie-jeebies.
- I’m not comfortable with lists that have eleven points. Ten seems to me to be a sensible number for a list, but I’m going to soldier on and follow the rules.
My answers to the questions put to me:
1. If I weren’t blogging about this stuff I would be: wasting my time on other things.
2. Who are you named after? I’m not named after anyone in my family. My mum wanted to call me Sally and my dad didn’t, so they agreed on Susan.
3. I would like my epitaph to read as follows: Time passes, memories stay, loved and remembered.
4. Favorite quote: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss).
5. Something I will never understand is: how the quest for money rules the world.
6. If I could run around all day, dressed any way that I pleased I would wear: A saucy pirate wench outfit and hide a pistol in my garter. Aaarrgh.
7. What class do you wish you had paid more attention to in school? I guess maths and commerce – then I might understand how money makes the world go round.
8. Do you write full time? No, writing is a challenge for me, I have a full-time job as a graphic designer. I usually think in images not words.
9. What’s your dream job? I would love to be a curator in an art gallery or museum.
10. Where is your dream Writer’s Corner? I have always dreamed of spending a year with other artists and writers in an old villa in Cascais, Portugal.
11. What’s the craziest thing you have ever learned about your family? My grandfather Ernest was born in the same year his father Robert died (at the age of 74).
Sometimes it’s not apparent if a blog has a subscriber count under 200. Give or take a follower or two, these are some of the blogs I think are worthy of a Liebster Blog Award:
The Resident Judge of Port Phillip. This is the research blog of Janine Rizzetti, who is writing her thesis on Justice John Walpole Willis, the first Resident Judge of Port Phillip between 1841 and 1843. Janine is a thorough researcher and posts interesting stories of the colony of Melbourne. She also reviews history books.
Locksands Life. Roger is the self proclaimed “happy nerd”. He blogs on his life going up in England in the late 1940s, 50s and 60s. Roger weaves stories around his interests in mechanical-all-sorts: automobiles, bicycles, clocks, gramophones, even pre-industrial water mills. Oh, and trains, lots of trains.
Fit, Feminist, And (almost) Fifty. Two feminists in our late 40s who lead active lifestyles and have set themselves a goal: to be the fittest they’ve ever been in their lives by the time they’re 50. I’m in the same boat but often too lazy to paddle. I’m trying to follow their fun posts on how to live a fit and happy life.
Tree Rings. Dave Weller writes about the various branches of his family. Very thoughtful posts and he includes some wonderful old photos in his Wordless Wednesday posts that always put a smile on my face. I love the cheeky boy sitting in a wagon.
Apples and Anarchy. I love this blog! Natalia lives in New Zealand and is into natural foods and health psychology. Her posts are a mix of nature, gardening, healthy living and tasty recipes. Try her gluten-free Spiced Carob and Date Cake.
This Handcrafted Life. Monica is a decorative painter based in New York City. She blogs about some of her paint projects, her lovely illustrated travel journals and pinhole camera photography.
What Do Ya’ Reckon? Mrs Bushranger shares her poetry, photography, humor, and her wonderful artwork.
Tracking Down the Family. Jennifer is an Australian family history writer who I have just started following. Her Family History Though the Alphabet posts are just lovely to read.
Bhutan Chronicles. The stories and experiences of a couple living in the land of the thunder dragon. Glorious images and stories that leave me wanting to pack my bags and hop the next flight to the top of the world.
Among My Branches. William Kernan puts a lot of thought into his family history stories. I am not sure I would have the patience to hold off publishing a story until it coincided with the same day in history e.g. 340 years ago today.
The Other Half of My Tree. Dianne Hewson is an Aussie who writes about the fearless pioneer women on her family tree.
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Now while we are talking about blogs worth reading, I’m going to sneak in two blogs I know have more than 200 subscribers but, you’re going to love them. I promise.
A Hundred Years Ago. Sheryl’s daily comments and observations on her grandmother’s diary entries are always entertaining.
Streets of Salem. Beautiful . . . just beautiful.
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Here are my 11 questions for my nominees:
1. What inspires you to blog?
2. How long does it take you to write an average post?
3. What is your favourite line from a movie?
4. Is there anything you can’t do anymore but you wish you could?
5. What is your favourite quote?
6. What would you like to achieve this year?
7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
8. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
9. If you could live in any period of history which would you choose?
10. What book reminds you of your childhood?
11. Recommend something everyone should try once in their lives?